My thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review. Of all the issues facing us today, one that continues to excite an enormous amount of outrage from the right (and sometimes from the left) is that of "free speech." Whether it is Milo Yiannopoulos being met with fierce protests at … Continue reading Book Review: “The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent” (by P.E. Moskowitz)
A little something my alter-ego wrote about the newest book from Tad Williams.
Warning: Some spoilers for the novel follow.
It’s finally here!
That was my first thought upon hearing that the second installment of his new trilogy, entitled “The Last King of Osten Ard” was soon to be published. I’d loved The Witchwood Crown so much, and I’d become very impatient of the release of the continuation of the story. It takes a truly great author to take a well-established (and well-loved) fantasy world and do something new and exciting (and even, sometimes, devastating) with it, and I don’t think that anyone but Tad Williams could really pull it off. Luckily for us, there’s still a lot of the old magic in the splendid kingdoms of Osten Ard.
Empire of Grass finds our various characters scattered to the many corners in Osten Ard. Morgan struggles along in Aldheorte, Simon and Miriamele try to keep their fragmenting kingdom together, Tiamak discovers new and…
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Warning: Spoilers for the film follow. You ever have one of those films that you know you should have seen long before now, but for some reason it just kept getting pushed to the back burner? Nicholas Ray's 1954 film Johnny Guitar has been one of those films for me, and I am so glad … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: Johnny Guitar (1954)
IMHO, any film that has both Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in it is worthy of celebration. So, when I heard that Wine Country had both of them in it, and that it had been directed by Poehler, I was thrilled. I read the criticisms of the film that said that it didn't land as … Continue reading Film Review: “Wine Country” (2019)
Hello, dear readers. I've got some great news. For some time now, I've been collaborating with my best friend on a series of erotic epic fantasy novellas that we're self-publishing through Amazon. The series is titled "The Filliquian Chronicle," and the first volume is already live (you can buy it here). We're very excited to … Continue reading Change is in the Air
I briefly thought about including Bohemian Rhapsody as part of my "Queer Classics" series of blog posts, but after a lot of thinking I decided to just give it a regular "film review" designation, mostly because the queer content is so understated that one would be forgiven for not even being able to notice it … Continue reading Film Review: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018)
My thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book for review. I have to confess that when it comes to English royalty, I've never been much of a fan of the Stuarts. Somehow they lacked the charismatic panache that characterized their successors the Tudors, or the operatic tragedy of the Plantagenets. They just seemed … Continue reading Reading History: The Tragic Daughters of Charles I (by Sarah-Beth Watkins)
My thanks to NetGalley for providing a free copy of this book for review. Sometimes, you read a book that shines on a light on some of the most unpleasant parts of our culture and society, and you suddenly feel as if you have fallen into an utterly unfamiliar world. It Came from Something Awful … Continue reading Book Review: “It Came from Something Awful: How a Toxic Troll Army Accidentally Memed Donald Trump into Office” (by Dale Beran)
By this point, I've read numerous biographies of Alexander the Great. Some, such as Mary Renault's The Nature of Alexander are quite hagiographical, while more recent offerings from classicists such as Paul Cartledge and Robin Lane Fox take a more balanced view. Anthony Everitt's new book, Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious death falls … Continue reading Reading History: “Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious Death” (by Anthony Everitt)
How 2016 permanently damaged my relationship to my home, my family, and my roots. It was the day after the election in 2016, and I was talking to my Mom. “I’m sorry that your candidate lost,” she said, “and I know how sad you must be. But I want you to know that no matter … Continue reading A Requiem for Appalachia